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The March
by E. L. Doctorow


Overview - WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
WINNER OF THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In 1864, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman marched his sixty thousand troops through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas.
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Overview
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
WINNER OF THE PEN/FAULKNER AWARD
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In 1864, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman marched his sixty thousand troops through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas. The army fought off Confederate forces, demolished cities, and accumulated a borne-along population of freed blacks and white refugees until all that remained was the dangerous transient life of the dispossessed and the triumphant. In E. L. Doctorow's hands the great march becomes a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812976151
  • ISBN-10: 0812976150
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish Date: September 2006
  • Page Count: 363


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The March

Mixing history with fiction, master novelist E.L. Doctorow lends his special brand of spin to one of the Civil War's most dramatic chapters—Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's infamous March to the Sea. Doctorow's tale, a finalist for the National Book Award, traces the course of Sherman and his Union troops across Georgia and both Carolinas. Raiding, stealing and killing along the way, the Army carves a bloody path, and Doctorow delivers a remarkable chronicle of the journey, personifying real-life figures like Sherman—here, a moody, power-hungry leader, whose ambitions are stronger than his military skills—and introducing convincing characters of his own. These include Pearl, the daughter of a female slave and a wealthy white plantation owner, whose poignant story lies at the center of the book; two young soldiers, Arly and Will, who quickly learn the brutal realities of war, and the chillingly aloof Col. Sartorius, a surgeon. As he did in the acclaimed novels Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, Doctorow uses factual events as a foundation, fortifying the narrative framework with expert characterizations, sophisticated symbolism and dazzling prose. This best-selling, highly praised depiction of the Union Army and the motley entourage that accompanies it on the road is sure to become a classic.

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